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Marcusb

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    Hi all,

    I have MP working almost perfectly now. There is only a slight stutter every so often, especially when time shifting large amounts or watching a movie while recording TV.
    My system is an AMD 2500XP with 512Mb of dual channel RAM. The video is the onboard GF400 built into the NF2 chipset. I have 32Mb of RAM allocated to onboard graphics. The HDD is Seagate 80Gb.

    I want to upgrade something to remove the slight stutter. The choices are- CPU to 3200XP, RAM to 1GB, dedicated video card or newer HD.

    My system seems to have higher specs than a lot of the others I have seen so there must be something slowing it. What do you guys recommend out of the above list?

    I have already disabled all the bloat in XP that I can. Most of the options listed above will cost around the same amount but I do need a bigger HDD at any rate. At this stage I am thinking a dedicated video card simply to stop sharing system RAM.
     

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    Dont know if Id be too worried about the CPU at this stage but more ram and a new video card would be a start. Hdd couldnt hurt but only for storage purposes, I dont think it would speed anything up.

    1 gig (total) would be plenty and a new 128/256mb 6200 AGP would go nicely.

    As for the stutter, I only get this in the first 2 seconds of starting the dvb card. I just the first few times but after that its really smooth, thats on a 2600+ sempron. Playback and recording of dvb/analogue at the same time is super smooth.

    You arent using a software card though are you?
     

    Marcusb

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    Nope, it's hardware. Thanks for the reply.

    I think the first thing I will do is buy new RAM. A matched pair of 512s should make things work better and then I will decide about the graphics card. I would rather stick with the built in graphics as the case is small and there is not much room to add any more cards in (especially when I get my second DVB card :D )
    My current ram is generic and two separate manufacturers, which isn't the best in a dual channel system, especially when the video card is using it too...
     

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    I think the problem might lie in that video card. GF4mx's are only dx7 cards from what I remember which is going to put a lot of strain on the cpu trying to do dx8/9. Just a thought but doing those other things may not fix your problem if I am correct.
     

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    Hi Callifo,

    Thanks for your help. I bought a low profile GF5200 card on the weekend.
    That solved all my problems (well, apart from the memory leak :lol: ).
    Now timeshifting and recording is very smooth. I still want to do the other upgrades but at least the main problem is fixed.

    Thanks again,

    Marcus.
     

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